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2013 Boston College Basketball: #18/#18 Connecticut Game @ 2K Sports Classic (7 PM, ESPN2)

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For the first time since Boston College joined the ACC, the Eagles will face #18/18 Connecticut on the hardwood.

Al Bello

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Connecticut Huskies (4-0, 0-0 American) vs. Boston College Eagles (1-3, 0-0 ACC)

What: Championship Round of the 2K Sports Classic
Time: 7:00 PM Eastern
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Place: New York, N.Y.
Arena: Madison Square Garden
Capacity: 19,812

TV: ESPN2
TV Announcers: John Saunders (play-by-play), Fran Fraschilla (color), Jeff Goodman (reporter)
Radio: WEEI 850 AM, bceagles.com
Radio Announcers: Jon Meterparel (play-by-play), Danya Abrams (color)
BC Basketball Twitter News Feed: @BCHoopNews
Join the Conversation on Twitter: #BCHoops #UCONNvsBC

Line: Boston College +9.5

Last Time Out: Boston College notched its first win of the year, 82-79 over Florida Atlantic on Sunday night in Conte Forum.

Series: Boston College and Connecticut have met 89 times previously. Connecticut holds a 54-35 lead in the all-time series.
First Meeting: Connecticut 45, Boston College 27 (February 22, 1919)
Last Meeting: Boston College 75, Connecticut 70 (January 5, 2005)
Last Meeting at MSG: Connecticut 70, Boston College 55 (March 8, 2000)

Last Five Meetings:
W - Boston College 75, Connecticut 70 (January 5, 2005)
L - Connecticut 63, Boston College 58 (January 31, 2004)
L - Connecticut 91, Boston College 54 (March 8, 2003)
W - Boston College 95, Connecticut 71 (February 1, 2003)
L - Connecticut 71, Boston College 65 (February 25, 2002)

Trends: Boston College is 4-3 vs. Connecticut on neutral courts, including 1-1 at MSG (a BC win in the 1987 Big East Tournament and a loss in the 2000 Tournament). Olivier Hanlan leads the conference in scoring at 24.5 points per game. UConn has an overall record of 57-52 (.523) in games it has played at Madison Square Garden. In his first year as head coach Kevin Ollie, Uconn went 0-2 at MSG.

Connecticut's 2012-2013 Record: 20-10 (10-8 Big East)

Connecticut's Probable Starters:

G - Ryan Boatright (Jr.) - 6-0, 168 lbs., Aurora, Ill. - 12.8 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 4.3 APG
G - Shabazz Napier (Sr.) - 6-1, 180 lbs., Roxbury, Mass. - 13.5 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 7.8 APG
G - Omar Calhoun (So.) - 6-6, 200 lbs., Brooklyn, N.Y. - 12.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.5 APG
F - DeAndre Daniels (Jr.) - 6-9, 195 lbs., Los Angeles, Calif. - 10.8 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.8 APG
F - Phillip Nolan (Jr.) - 6-10, 212 lbs., Milwaukee, Wi. - 3.0 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 0.5 APG

Boston College's Last Game Starters

G - Olivier Hanlan (So.) - 6-4, 181 lbs., Aylmer, Quebec - 24.5 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 3.3 APG
G - Joe Rahon (So.) - 6-2, 192 lbs., San Diego, Calif. - 13.3 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 2.8 APG
G - Garland Owens (Fr.) - 6-5, 202 lbs., Gaithersburg, Md. - 6.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.5 APG
G - Patrick Heckmann (Jr.) - 6-5, 208 lbs., Mainz, Germany - 6.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.7 APG
F - Ryan Anderson (Jr.) - 6-8, 219 lbs., Lakewood, Calif. - 19.3 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.3 APG

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Go Eagles!